Coronavirus testing on healthcare staff reveal 25% positive rate

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Checks on wide range of frontline staff

The tests began on April 6 and include workers from both the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, pharmacists, and independent sectors in the prioritised staffing category and members of their households.

They were conducted at Cameron Hospital in Leven, and, and in the first week, 25 per cent tested positive .

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David Heaney, divisional general manager said: “The health and well-being of our staff and service users is our highest priority.


“Staff who meet the testing eligibility criteria but don’t have transport to get to the testing site, are being supported by home testing on a limited scale.

“Alongside this, a network of volunteer drivers from within the service have made themselves available to transport staff to the testing site if they cannot transport themselves or a household member who is eligible to be tested.

“My sincere thanks to our volunteer drivers who are stepping in, and to Fife Council Health and Safety colleagues who are supporting them by providing PPE guidelines, and a vehicle-cleaning protocol.

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Andrea Smith Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Lead Pharmacist said: “Pharmacists who are providing vital pharmaceutical care in the NHS and in community pharmacy to the people of Fife are also being tested for COVID-19.

There are 85 Community Pharmacies in Fife and it’s essential that these frontline pharmacy services continue to be open and that staff are fit and well. We are delighted to include Community Pharmacy staff in our testing programme.”

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